Point foundation records, 1964-1975
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- 1 linear foot (2 manuscript boxes)
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- Gift of Richard Raymond, 2004. Accession 2004-190.
- The Point foundation was a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco and founded by Stewart Brand and Richard "Dick" Raymond, growing out of their work with the Portola Institute and the Whole Earth Catalog. Point was conceived from the profits of The Last Whole Earth Catalog and was dedicated to perpetuating the energies and ideals of the catalog, including environmentalism, sustainability, and innovation. Formed in 1971, it distributed more than $800,000 in small grants. These grants were chosen by individual Point directors for "relatively active purposes affecting issues of economic, environmental, sociological, and behavioral importance." Board members at various times included Raymond and Brand as well as Huey Johnson (Nature Conservancy), Jerry Mander ("radical ad-man"), Bill English (Xerox) and Michael Phillips (Glide Church). As its non-profit owner, Point later published works related to the Whole Earth Catalog. It was also a co-owner of The WELL (Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link) one of the oldest virtual communities in operation.
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